Fresh smelling house

How to keep your house smelling fresh

Carpets: carpets easily build up dirt and start to smell. Vacuum carpets 4 times a week, lightly brush them with soapy water if you don’t have time for a deep scrub. Open the windows and doors for air, clean spills immediately.

You can use vinegar and baking soda to get rid of smells.

  • Pour some vinegar, baking soda and warm water to a spray bottle.
  • Spray the solution onto the carpet, aerate the room for it to dry.
  • Vacuum the carpet when dry.
spray bottle

Diffuse oils: You can diffuse these in your diffuser for smell or can add a few drops to your cleaning water. These help the room smell great. A few drops at the foot of your bed also helps.

Essential Oils to use for disinfecting and cleaning are

  • Lemon oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Orange oil
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Clove oil
  • Cinnamon oil
  • Thyme oil
  • Oregano oil
  • Pine oil
  • Vanilla
  • Lime

Use tile cleaners: fresh cleaned tiles make the house look and smell good. Tile cleaners help get rid of grim that builds up in between tiles, keeps them polished and clean.

How to use vinegar and baking soda to clean tiles

  1. Mix baking soda and water to make a paste
  2. Apply the baking soda to the grout of tiles, leave to soak in
  3. Mix vinegar and warm water in a spray bottle
  4. Spray this mixture over the tiles, leave for 5 minutes
  5. Scrub and wipe clean.

Use baby powder: I secretly spray baby powder at the foot of my bed on the mattress and on the bedsheet to help the beddings smell fresh and clean so you can have a good night’s sleep. Change your beddings and pillow cases often. Dust and turn the mattress. I also spray some baby powder on the window sill.

Vacuum small corners: Dirt loves to hide in small hard-to-reach corners. These areas should be concentrated on when cleaning. The smallest drop of food can stink up the whole house and they have tendencies of hiding in corners.

Nice smelling detergents: Use long lasting fresh smelling detergents when doing your laundry and cleaning the house. It helps the house smell like clean laundry. Put some in a clean cloth and wipe down the areas where you cleaned to lock the smell in. You can keep a special detergent that you may use just for the smell.

Bake and cook: Baking and cooking makes the house inviting and smell nice. You know what is more inviting at a restaurant or a bakery? Freshly baked food play with your nostrils and invite you in. Just like the smell of popcorn, you may be at the end of a room and you follow your nose to the smell of popcorn.

Laundry: dirty laundry has a smell on its own, sweat, dirt and grim accumulate and stink up the joint. Try and keep your house smelling fresh by doing your laundry. You may add baking soda and coarse sea salt to your washing powder to help get rid of smells such as armpit smell.


Dishes: Keeping unwashed dishes is another smell holder. Wash dishes at least once a day. These keep unwanted pests at bay and unwanted smells.

Clean your fridge and pantry: throw away stale food and keep your fridge and pantry clean. Stale food has a horrible smell. You also notice food that is about to go stale while cleaning up your pantry use it before it does. I usually put newly bought food at the back of the pantry so that I should not waste them. Chances are the old food that has been laying in the pantry will expire sooner than the new one. I also make it a point to check expiry dates when purchasing food.

Hang towels and bath mats to dry outside: As well as wet towels and bath mats. We wash our bodies often and use towels to dry. But we forget to wash the towels that dry our clean bodies. These mats and towels smell bad when dirty. Water splashes and we dry our dripping bodies on the bath mats. These should be air dried preferably outside where there is enough air. Buy more towels and bath mats to use. Wash them 3 to 4 times a week as well.

How to wash towels the right way:

  • Wash towels on their own
  • Sprinkle half cup of baking soda to your towels when washing them
  • You may also add Lavender oil or lemon oil to your wash
  • Dry fully

Wipe down your headboard: I noticed my headboard accumulates much dirt and dust. You can wipe these down with a good smelling detergent or with diffuser oils.

Diffuser oils that help with a goodnight sleep

  • Lavender oil
  • Chamomile oil
  • Cedarwood
  • Frankincense
  • Vanilla
  • Jasmine
  • Rose

Declutter: I personally feel that the more clutter you have, the more likely your house will smell. This is simply because clutter allows for less air to circulate in the room. Get rid of clutter to have a better smelling house.

Don’t forget to open your windows every day. Let some air in.   

Most importantly a way to keep your house smelling fresh and clean is by keeping your house clean. Picking and folding laundry. Cleaning up after yourself, doing dishes, sweeping and mopping, vacuuming the house. Everything you do when cleaning. Download your simple house cleaning checklist here:

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6 thoughts on “Fresh smelling house”

  1. I always use vinegar and baking soda and they are the best natural cleaners! Never thought about adding lavender oil to the wash… will try it! Have you heard about “bio-enzymes” (citrus peels)? Am slowly trying to switch completely from using harsh cleaners. Have a long way 🙂

    Thanks for all the tips!

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